THE hallowed halls of Oxford University Press were filled with a new generation of eager readers.

Pegasus Primary School pupils were invited to the museum at the Great Clarendon Street building.

OUP has a partnership with ARCH, a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers in primary schools across Oxfordshire.

And for the past two years OUP employees have visited Oxford schools each week during term time, working with children to help them improve their reading.

Tia Mungai, eight, said: “I love reading. My favourite book is Lizzie Zipmouth. We do lots of reading at school.”

The pupils had a tour of the museum and a talk by Jasmine Richards, senior commissioning editor and author about writing books. The 11 children each received a book as a gift.

Vikki Rose, Environmental Co-ordinator at OUP , said: “I’ve been really lucky to be involved in OUP’s ARCH programme. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get into schools and make a difference within the local community. On a personal level it’s also great to be able to get to know the kids individually and see them get more confident and proficient with their reading.”

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